Macbook Pro+external drive

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  1. lkWinnipesaukee

    lkWinnipesaukee TPF Noob!

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    I'm working on getting a Macbook Pro and an external drive (500gb?) as a desktop replacement. I had a few questions.

    -Will 2.4ghz, 2gb of RAM be enough for Photoshop?
    -If I put my photos on the external drive, will that bottleneck the system when i try to access it?
    -Any accessories you guys recommend?



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    The 2.4 MBP will be plenty for photoshop ( providing it is CS3) 2 gb of ram is great but 4 would be even better.

    You will notice a slight slow down with your external drive but is only a minor problem.
     
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    If you can afford it... max out on memory. Photoshop is memory bound more than CPU.

    Depends on your external drive. USB and firewire will both experience a slow down compared to internal drives. Use the internal disk as workspace and an external drive (USB or firewire) as archival.
     
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    I'd also use an external monitor for final adjustments. Laptop displays are notoriously bad for photo editing...
     
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    Internal hard drives are slow on laptops - most of the normal drives are 5400 RPM, and cheap ones are 4200 RPM. Most desktop and external drives are 7200 RPM, so there will be a noticable difference in disk access time. So if the external is connected via something like FW 800, I would almost think it could be faster to read/write to that rather than the internal disk, but I'm not sure how exactly the time compares.

    PhotoShop can only access 3 GB of RAM, but more RAM can be used by the system, etc. So I think the Macbook Pros max out at 4 GB, which would still be useful. But I do my work with 1.5 GB of RAM, so it's quite useable.
     
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    I have the same MacBook Pro except it's the 2.2GHz version. I still only have the 2GB of RAM, but it handles CS2 fine with very little slowdown. More RAM helps, and the Hard Drive is 5400RPM in standard form so with a Firewire 800 external drive, you shouldn't have any issues.
     
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    OooooOOOoo.. I didn't realize that the latest version of MacBook Pros have firewire 800. Definitely go with a firewire 800 capable external drive. I have one on my desktop and it is a big difference from both USB and firewire 400.

    I also noticed that the MacBook Pro can be ordered with a 160gb 7200rpm internal at a premium of $225. I would definitely consider going with the faster internal.

    Also... it is still a good idea to max out the memory. Apple sells their memory at a premium so consider another party. I have always had good experiences from ordering parts from www.macsales.com
     

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